Our approach to the teaching of Mathematics
We believe that Mathematics teaches children how to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, reason and solve problems. It enables children to understand relationships and patterns in both number and shape and space in their everyday lives. We aim to teach the children in our school to have the skills, resilience and determination to solve problems. Therefore we teach all children fluency, reasoning and problem solving.
Fluency is more than just the ability to apply procedures. In part, it is about the children knowing key mathematical facts and being able to recall them efficiently (like their number bonds or times tables) and we teach these facts in lessons as well as encouraging the children to practise at home. It is about being able to solve calculations but it is also about being able to apply a skill in different contexts. We aim to give the children varied and frequent practice so that they become confident mathematicians.
Reasoning is about logical and critical thinking. It is about being able to work out a strategy to solve problems. It is about finding patterns and drawing conclusions. We encourage the children to reason at every level individually and through discussion.
All children are taught to use their mathematical skills to solve problems. Sometimes these problems come in the form of a shorter everyday life one-step or two step word problem and at other times they are longer problems which require deeper thinking.
We would like all children to develop a love for mathematics and for them to become confident and enthusiastic mathematicians.